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Old 03-15-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Glacier National Park Info.

This summer, we plan to motorhome from WI to Glacier Park. Our rig is a 27' class B+. We would like to find a nice rv park or campground and see the park with one of the sight-seeing buses that are available. We would appreciate any info concerning where to stay, what is the best time period to see the park and any obstacles that we should know about.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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Hi Tubaguy,
I've been there many times and may get back out there this summer. West of the park is much more developed than east of the park. I stay on the east side of the park. There are two choices for CGs.
1. St. Mary Glacier Park KOA 800-562-1504
50 AMP service with full hookups
2. Johnson's of St. Mary Campground 406-732-4207
30 AMP service only with full hookups

1. The CGs are within a mile of each other and very near the entrance to Glacier NP.
2. Buy groceries (including bear spray) before you get to St. Mary. You will be in a rural area and everything is expensive.
3. Both CGs are gravel sites. The KOA has a pool, but this Florida boy has never gotten close to it.
4. The tour buss comes to the Welcome Center (near the CGs) or it will stop at the KOA.
5. Do not go before the middle of July. Two years ago we were there July 4th week. All the high elevation trails were closed due to snow. Going To The Sun Road was closed, having 30 feet of snow at the top.
6. If you like to hike, see the rangers at the Welcome Station. They can provide maps and advice based on your skills and mobility. Glacier is my favorite NP because I can hike trails with outstanding mountain views and stay under 10K feet in altitude. Age is catching up with me. I can no longer hike above 10K feet.
7. Pack for cold weather even in the middle of summer. The CGs are around 5K above sea level. The high altitude trails get up to 9K. Going to the Sun Road is higher than that.
8. There are many short low altitude trails one can take and see wonderful scenery. Some are as short as 3/4 mile round trip.
9. Both CGs have good views of the mountains.
10. You may know this, but you can not take your coach on Going to the Sun road. If you are going farther west, after the Glacier stop, you'll need to go around the park.
11. There is a lot to do in and around the park. I always plan a week at a minimum. Sometimes stay 2 weeks.
12. Every morning, stop at the welcome station and get the latest info on wild life. Some you want to see and some you want to stay away from. Making noise and wearing bear bells I've come within 80 feet of a Grizzly and about 20 feet of a black bear. One never knows where the wildlife will show up.

Now that this has been typed, I'm getting the itch to firm up my plans.

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Old 03-15-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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We stayed at Glacier Meadows, a little lower elevation, I think it was between the west and east end? Gary's has good info there, wish I had that before our trip, and if your to late in the season, Going to the sun road will be under construction, you'll enjoy it,
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If you don't mind dry camping, there are both reservable & non reservable campgrounds in the park on both sides.

Where ever you stay, drive out to Polebridge Mercantile for a cinnamon roll or sticky bun. A great bakery!
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We stayed at North American RV Park in Coram, MT just outside the west entrance to the park. The campground has full hookups.

Don't go to Glacier too early in the year. Going to the Sun Road through the park doesn't even open for its full length until at least late June. We were there in August, and there were lots of wildflowers blooming.
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I'm watching this thread closely as we will be there the week of June 24th. I appreciate the update on the campgrounds as we are looking for full-hookup sites.
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I'm watching this thread closely as we will be there the week of June 24th. I appreciate the update on the campgrounds as we are looking for full-hookup sites.
Going to the Sun Road may or may not be open its entire length by the week of June 24. You can monitor the status of the road on the park's website. The last part to open is usually around Logan Pass. In 2012, Logan Pass was accessible June 19.
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We stayed on the Eastside at the KOA St Mary's..It is a nice campground,can be pretty windy and cool.. It was July long weekend the Sun Road had only just opened,it will depends on how much snow they have in the pass before it can be opened.. It truly is a beautiful drive and one not to miss if your in the area.
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The best visiting window can be short. As many have posted, Going to the Sun road doesn't open until June most years. If it has been a dry year the Weeping Wall and many of the small waterfalls are just a trickle by the first week of September. This is one spot that you more or less have to visit during summer vacation season, which we would otherwise avoid.

There are lots of easy hikes out of the Logan Pass Visitors Center. On one hike, mom and kid mountain goats stayed within 50 feet of our trail for 15 minutes or so, and at times were just 10 feet away (their own choosing).
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We stated at the Columbia Falls RV park in Columbia Falls. Nice campground. It is about 20 miles to the West entrance. We had a TOAD so I don't know about excursions from their but if you call them I'm sure they will be able to help you.

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